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Cousin Cameron Maybin a role model for new Lions LB

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Jalen Reeves-Maybin

Allen Park – Jalen Reeves-Maybin, a fourth-round draft pick for the Detroit Lions, comes from an athletic family. His father, Marques, was a basketball player at Louisville, averaging 14.5 points as a senior in 2000-01. And Reeves-Maybin’s cousin happens to be Cameron Maybin, the former Detroit Tigers outfielder.

Reeves-Maybin said the two are close and Maybin texted his cousin shortly after he was selected by the Lions.

“I’m definitely going to have to hit him up and have him tell me about Detroit,” Reeves-Maybin, a linebacker, said during a conference call Saturday afternoon.

Cameron Maybin

The Tigers drafted Maybin with the No. 10 pick in the 2005 draft. He was the organization’s top prospect when he was traded to the Florida Marlins in 2007 as part of a deal that landed Miguel Cabrera.

Maybin returned to the Tigers last season, hitting .315 with four home runs and 15 stolen bases in 94 games, but was traded again in the offseason, this time to the Angels.

Eight years older, Maybin set a good example for Reeves-Maybin growing up.

“He was always focused, always staying out of trouble, always hung out with me,” Reeves-Maybin said. “He wasn’t the cooler older guy who was too good for me. When I came to town, he always spent time with me. The coolest thing was one time he went to work out for some MLB teams when I was younger and I got to go out in the field and shag balls and stuff.”

Lions grab LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, TE Michael Roberts in fourth round